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riot police lashed out at protesters in turkey again after the prime minister orders an end arrest within twenty four hours this is a fifth person is confirmed to have died in the hospital. spying on the e.u. european nations anger after finding out the u.s. secret surveillance program was monitoring them as well as the n.s.a. defending itself saying it was preventing terrorism. you need stage a mass strike in greece in protest at the shutdown of a state broadcaster as part of a cost cutting program only there is no one to air the report locally.
four pm in moscow i matter as i've been to have you with us here on r t our top story a man who had been on life support for days after reportedly being hit in the head by a police gas canisters become the fifth victim of the crackdown on public protests in turkey wednesday the country's prime minister said a twenty four hour deadline to end demonstrations in is stan boy in the capital on korea that runs out in the coming hours artie's arena has more. because i actually have seen the largest number of crackdowns than any other city in turkey for the past two weeks the wednesday was kind of the repetition of what happened before when several people have diverged from a group of protesters who were there initially and weird off towards the u.s. embassy where police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against them to squash the momentum of the protest that has been happening in ancora obviously this is the capital that's where the seat of the government is though does look like this is the main cause for the police brutality that we're seeing there people from all
walks of life having to have been arrested or somehow receive representation for their participation in the protests which everyone said will have to be over within twenty four hours at this point the protesters have to pack up their tents and abandon gezi park they were offered to carry out a referendum but of course the people out on the street said that is a joke that what kind of a friend could possibly talk about when we have already made it clear that we want the park to stay and they want to go there to one said during the meeting with the representatives of the protest movement although even within the people out in the park or there is an increasing feeling that the people who are actually meeting with their no one don't really represent them like the people haven't really been camping out there for weeks there seem to be some sort of dialogue which obviously seems to have led nowhere several lawyers have been arrested for protesting the police crackdown on tuesday which have been in istanbul course there are a colleague's now also going to the streets protesting those arrests as well saying
that this is no kind of democracy where people can be arrested just for supporting a cause and to go even further than that we have to remember that there are several channels in turkey which have been fined for showing that the brutal police crackdown on taksim square on tuesday so this again goes. says the protesters. with their new law then that is his suppression of free speech and the real down on the on various media outlets in the country but it doesn't seem like it's going to end anytime soon the protesters that we have spoken to insist that they will stay here until their demands are met and everyone obviously doesn't seem like he's going to budge so we're in for some rather tense situation here in turkey are you gay boys one of the protestors she says the brutal auction of the police and the government's demands to leave the government's demands we have no room for compromise i don't see it and all of a sudden twenty four hours just because prime minister is willing so he has been
actually talking about this for the past two weeks and none of the protesters none of the original artists if i'm guessing have left a fight i think it's all i have to do with the police for the past two weeks once the police retreated from jackson square there was no violence it was very peaceful it was very cheerful and in fact the park itself almost like i said feeling to it but as soon as the police was back by a lens came back to the part came back to the area around the park i don't think the government is taking it seriously and psych i don't is blaming everything that's been happening in turkey on the protests type of economy is getting affected by the fact that for some sectors getting back to us and the fact that a truck is getting a bad effect by the protesters and he is just lowest possible figure for all of this and i'm just really afraid it's not a compromise or any other kind of going to be on the table anytime soon turkish riot police have been raining tear gas on the protesters and they've got a plentiful supply with imports of the chemicals having increased fifty times over
the last decade artie's probably boyko looks at the possible long term effects of the so-called non-lethal gutters. an all too familiar sight for many europeans and your stereotype protests in greece spain. and germany. gay marriage demonstrations in france and now antigovernment protests in turkey whatever the occasion these european governments tear gas is the answer tear gas was invented in part to shut people up in thinking about you know this is where where communication meets politics we're talking about a technology a weapon that actually inhibits people from being able to speak that enters into the throat that enters into the lungs that forces people to kind of disperse so it is actually a technology that is the complete opposite of what freedom of assembly and freedom
of speech look like vision of a convention perhaps it's the use of tear gas in international war and yet it's perfectly legal to use against civilian populations the problem with all of these agents is there talk sister three and the long term affects are worked out primarily on sort of if you like prime age i don't my horse and we know very well that the d.c.s. and there's other gases affects differentially people all people who are pregnant people who are sick and children the past eighty years have seen reports of lost eyes cranial damage and even deaths as a result of tear gas canisters it's still somehow legal somehow ok for companies manufacturing tear gas to call themselves non-lethal meanwhile the canisters come with labels on them that say this is deadly this could be deadly and the how is that even ok you see the tear gas being used increasingly being extensively particularly because of the intense civil unrest which is developing across europe
as a result of the economic crises and you see it in greece you see it in spain italy it's not just. what's been happening in turkey the. weapons which are inevitably the weapons of. a regime which is attempting to suppress the. protests of people behind these gates is where it all began at the porton down military research base in england's rural will show c.s. gas was developed and tested to secretly in the one nine hundred fifty s. since then it's become a profitable industry sold to police forces the world over in the form of tear gas and pepper spray in the past four years britain has sold almost as much tear gas to europe as it has to the middle east so it's a weapon system manufactured by a number of companies are companies it's obviously extremely profitable to be to be
selling more civil unrest more issues the more the selling of the more money that make america what we would say is amnesty is that profit must never ever ever come before human rights and what we really need is government to ensure that when the last thing the stuff by all stopping distances of any two gas supplies are ready to swear there is a clear risk as in the case currently in turkey that goes back to. the suppression of if human rights westminster is currently reviewing the export licenses to turkey in light of the istanbul disturbances that for those worried about it seem creasing use c.s. gas is merely a symptom of more fundamental issues surrounding democracy in europe why are there so many people dissenting right now why is it that we've had such a breakdown in supposedly democratic countries that we can no longer have any kind of mediation or dialogue with their population what kinds of failures of representative government are we seen that that where we go is should we poison
them with tear gas or should we want take out machine guns and tanks against them what happened to all the other. change of things that exist between having a conversation and poisoning a population plenty. secret global surveillance program revealed by cia whistleblower edward snowden has left many european states rattled after they became aware they were being spied on as well among the most watched nations germany a fact that chance they're on the merkel could bring up when president obama visits berlin next week a german member of the european parliament said the surveillance reminds him of the stasi secret police in the former east germany his colleague from neighboring austria says he was appalled accusing washington of doing what it wants italy's
privacy chief also expressed concern that he said would be illegal in his country and in gyptian freedom activists was shocked at how much his country was targeted for more reaction on the n.s.a. scandal i'm joined live by neil zero skin expert on surveillance and security at the university of how birds thanks for joining us here on r t so so far what's been the reaction that you've seen amongst the german people to this intrusion into their privacy some of the official reaction was some outrage gauge commissioners or . it was yeah you know they were shocked or very surprised really understand so it was more outrage and shock and anger that this came out but also if you read some blogs and some sources it doesn't come as a surprise many activists see it as you know that's what we have been saying for years so it's not a big surprise for many of us now germany among the most heavily surveilled
countries by the u.s. in the european union what does it appear that they were looking for there what kind of data were they trying to monitor for especially come. from germany. i have i have certainly no clue why did you because the data they were surveilling facebook or google or any of its data that that is generation all the other countries be transferred into lease plane or or some of the smaller countries so to the same degree i have no clue maybe there were moments in the us because. the data is not as. openly available as in other countries may be that the general data protection law doesn't allow them. to to legally access many of the data as it would be probably in england where data action roles on all week will france with maybe a different policy. is it. in and working so i have no clue maybe it's not maybe they think this is the same spot of terrorists i have no clue.
apparently the european commission did have a chance to prevent the us from eavesdropping on its data but scrapped the legislation why do you think that happened i think. i think partly happened because of corporate interests. because many of the big players in math fields too don't want to be exact the bias count of the insulation maybe there are some statements just as well you know i think it's a mixture of all the state is you know. is giving the corporations some ground in the corporations one this or the state also wants to sneak in on some data they are afraid of. that too much data protection will will hinder them working on terrorists. or calling them terrorists catching terrorists or you know security measurements so. there. has and it's
truly it's at more data protection and because they want to see on more things. now security protection and combat against terrorism is of course the other side to this coin and that's obviously the side that the n.s.a. is arguing here and they hope to publicly release they say in the coming weeks the exact number of four year old attacks that have been a result of this prism program and this this new program that they have do you think that could help calm the criticism or help provide some actual justification for the program. to let the letter i thing it's very. legitimisation program but then again the n.s.a. secret service secret service is secret plans on all around the world there's no country in which both groups who the secret service so whatever mates have how do we know it's all of a half hour we know it's not tailored information that we get as as we just had
a scandal in germany about right wing chariots killing people with ten years and they're not so it's incumbent on sailors to catch those. and what we see is the transparency we see. the you know the working on this common scandal and making it transparent and revealing all the information is a very difficult process because you get the tactics you can only get spied east so we never really know when to get legal stuff and i think that the in the se and the brother the is the real enemy secret service is all about what's right neal's arouse key from the university of homburg thanks very much for your insight thank you very much following edward snowden disclosures online users became acutely aware of just how closely they were being washington sparked a search for ways to get around the system and keep their web surfing private parties marina porter has more on that. america's national security elektra next
available programming known as prism has no doubt ignited global outrage however the pervasive and top secret spying system approved and allowed by the obama administration also appears to be motivating journalists and average internet users to immigrate over to the deep web where the national security agency's almighty virtual reach purports to be powerless whether users can break out of prison by opting out of apple safari and skype and switching over to alternative for pyar terry software that's anonymous not indexed and leaves no cyber footprint given president obama's indefinite war on whistleblowers and the justice department's recent a.p. and fox news scandals experts say that now is the time for journalists most importantly to learn how to scramble their phones and dive into the n.s.a.
free deep web and then from there to the regular and. where you're coming from you're just in the mood. and everything you're doing or you. reading. the road is being encrypted. should be thinking this way now is he who goes to the realization how it can. almost. feel like china frontier foundation has published an online guide indicating a significant amount of ways in which people can opt out of prison the f.-f. is also one of eighty six organizations that are demanding for legislators to move to curtail the n.s.a.'s programs now civil rights advocates are encouraging individuals to join a call by signing up at stop watching dot us as of wednesday evening that website had garnered six. four thousand signatures reporting from new york
marina nine are to. remember all the latest updates on the n.s.a. scandal on with international reaction and analysis a click away on r.t. dot com and still to come just over about a minute's time greek state television unplugged unions walking out in protest of the closure of the state broadcaster with no one but social media and online streaming available to report on the rally but. as iranians ready to elect their next president on friday we take a look at a race that pits the need for reform against a strict adherence to tradition that and more still to come.
staying with us at eighteen minutes past the hour now mass protests happening in greece after the government pulled state t.v. and radio off the air as part of a cost cutting drive leaving more than two and a half thousand people without jobs labor unions launched a twenty four hour strike that's been joined by various members of the greek media mass protests happening in multiple greek cities with very little media coverage staff he abruptly closed broadcaster trying to continue programming on the internet in defiance of the government's decision on the unplugging of the e.r. t.v. triggered a revolt as in the ruling coalition with the prime minister's allies furious that they weren't consulted before the plug was pulled george country gallois a professor of constitutional law thinks authorities are trying to distract the public from the real problems. the majority of the. good we may soon as a blue book of. course to be independent. of
society in my opinion it's very very soon the government is facing. this attempt to do to distract the political appearance from the words another. as you know we are leaving now we're not going to die out of. the good government. it's not be loopy. to act like about you know this is or that even its allies that we have two other parties over the political disapproving. iran getting ready to elect a new president six candidates in the field with the first round of voting friday the main divide between hard line conservative loyalists and reformers artes and worry if an ocean takes a look at what's at stake. how is the way from presidential elections in iran look like it's usually done between the t.v.
. if people have a traffic it's barely noticeable but iran is that a special moment in history you will not see many benner as a posters in iran ahead of the country's eleventh presidential vote but that's not because the offer beaten the way people vote in the run is significantly different from what western people used to experience. if people see a campaign poster they will start thinking they spend lots of money on that where does it all come from and they will draw the conclusion that someone a bank or an organization funds the candidate that means when a candidate takes power he will have to give back the money he will owe them and with such strings attached he'll be never free people will never vote for a politician like that. but the reason we for candidates to run low cost grassroots based campaigns with people handing out flyers advertising different political program savvy some voices to complain they face obstacles and reaching a larger public intellectual peoples who have the right access to internet
thinks more than twelve million people law using the internet so. it is much easier to communicate with. but the people in more rural areas we need more more trying to get through them this is the. weak point. this year for the first time ever iran had live t.v. debates between candidates for months two faced some internal and external criticism but the disappearance maintained that despite being new for iran it's still better to give it a try rather than have no debate a toll is the presidential legs above from thirty years ago three decades so you know we had you know monarchy and you know so it's all new so we are learning and trying to. make better and better. iran is one of the
people islamic states in the world following a muslim dominated traditional guidelines is also essential to winning hearts and minds of the voters. a candidate cannot go against their religious or cultural traditions you cannot change the way women where he jobs and asked for taboos on foreign policy issues you cannot come out and say iran will become a friend of the us or israel mohammad says these restrictions are aimed at protecting the national character of the elections and have to deal with considerable pressure from outside the country you cannot go against values even democratic countries can do that but perhaps if we weren't under so much pressure from foreign countries that only want to change the government of iran our campaign could be different but not all agree five the politicians become more and more distanced from people the gap is wider and wider and whole elections lot more and more like an apartment this is why i will not support the protests that followed
the do thousand and nine elections is to freshen the memory of many iranians during the unrest between thirty and seventy people were killed hundreds others injured thousands arrested after people staged rallies calling into question to me just a victory with a majority of sixty percent may think less people will go to the polls this year as they fear violence but the number of those who is to consider the election a positive development is just as significant as the army nationally known as la mixtape not saudi arabia nor can they ever have elections like we have in those countries it's more like someone has appointed them to a post for the outsiders in the actions in iran may seem unusual a different medical it from what's come to be the norm in the west but if you look closely you can see a picture that is familiar to many countries that public divide is in who they want to vote for and forced to make a tough decision. wait for national team to hear on iran. turning now to some
other stories making global headlines around ninety three thousand people more than seven hundred children among them have been killed since the beginning of the civil war in syria that's a united nations estimate although the report admits the real figure could be higher and earlier u.n. study described the level of killing as there are a bull and suggested both sides use children as a means of workfare the armed conflict started in two thousand and eleven when president bashar assad refused demands to step down. in afghanistan six policemen had been shot dead of a checkpoint in the south of the country it's a speck in two of their colleagues who are missing may have killed them and fled if proven it would be the latest new series of so-called insider attacks where taliban insurgents infiltrate security services. and the french railway system has been crippled by a workers' strike up to seventy percent of train service is expected to be cancelled till friday the strike triggered by plans to reorganize state and train operators that protesters fear could lead to job cuts is just
a day after air traffic controllers walked out leaving thousands of flights grounded. the head of iran's upcoming elections our new show worlds apart takes a look at western coverage of the race stay with us here on our to. see good lumber tour. was to believe its most sophisticated. fortunately doesn't sound anything tunes mission to teach music creation why it should care about humans. this is why you should. only.
how on of welcome to worlds apart iran's go to the polls to elect their new president but before they even had a chance to make up their mind on the basque candidate western observers described the vote as a sham compared to other countries is iran selectional system really sell flawed or is it just another case of iran being held to an impossibly high standard to discuss that i'm now joined by reza pahlavi the son of the last child iran and a problem ocracy activist mr behind me thank you very much for being here on worlds apart correct me from wrong but as far as i understand your position is that the iranian voters should really disregard the choice of the candidates that they're being offered today is that correct indeed the basic premise of the problem from day one was a regime that is making a mockery of what they called elections were none of the circumstances in which.
universally recognized standards at the finish of elections does not exist in our country but mr president why does the choice have to be so stark either free or fair elections or no elections at all not the position that we have as a council that is advocating a campaign for the ability to conduct free elections in iran we basically refer to the narrative established by you took part by the into a parliamentary union which in its hundred and fifty fourth assembly put out a document that describes circumstances that have to prevail in any country in order to be able to say that the circumstances you know just naturally any can. you see if we really look around the world can you really find a single country that would in benefit from improving its electoral system so we're not talking about the ideal system of course in iran by.